October 16, 2012
The Stevenson math team won its first North Suburban Math League
match of the 2012-13 school year on Wednesday, and holds the overall lead in the 55-school league after the first of its five rounds.
SHS nipped defending league champion Whitney Young, 328-326, in a match that featured the NSML’s top five teams from last year. Stevenson was second in 2011-12. The other schools at last week’s first-round meet were the Illinois Math and Science Academy (third in 2011-12), Naperville North (fourth) and Naperville Central (fifth).
Stevenson won all four grade-level categories and finished second in the oral competition. The seniors, juniors and freshmen groups all registered perfect scores in their five-question competitions. In each grade-level competition, the top three scores from five designated contestants are used in the team scoring. Stevenson had several students — contestants and alternates — who answered all questions correctly, earning 25 points.
In the senior group, perfect scores of 25 came from Brandon Axe, Raymon Cao, Justin Doong, Nick VanLieshout, Tianlu Wang, Matthew Yang, Aaron Zalewski and Christine Zhao.
Seven students wrote perfect papers in the junior division: Raymon Cao, David Chen, Sam Lim, Akanksha Shah, Vivian Wan, Cheryl Xiang and Sunny Yun.
Eight freshmen were perfect: William Chang, Sarah Hou, Junghyun Hwang, Emery Liu, Teresa Mao, William Tu, Jennifer Zhang and Shu Zhang.
The sophomores won their division, in which no team had all top three of its scorers with five right answers. Stevenson’s top scorers were Jaymo Kang, Sergey Papushin and Brian Zhou, each with 19 points. Phillip Kwon, an alternate, also had a 19.
Richard Zhu finished second in the oral competition with a score of 46 out of 50.
The second NSML meet is Thursday, November 15.